Are We Getting Closer Towards Being Able To Travel Through Time?
By Nicole Burgess
In 2014, NASA will be launching its MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission) to explore Jack Scudder’s (NASA funded University of Iowa researcher) new discovery of hidden portals in Earth’s magnetic field. This mission will include four separate spacecrafts working as a team to observe these portals. “…The magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away,” explains Scudder.
NASA defines a portal as “an extraordinary opening in space or time that connects travelers to distant realms,” and mentions “A good portal is a shortcut, a guide or door into the unknown.”
This recent discovery was actually not found by the use of new technology. To learn how to pinpoint the opening and closing of a portal, Scudder used the data from a space probe that orbited Earth over 10 years ago.
“In the late 1990s, NASA’s Polar spacecraft spent years in Earth’s magnetosphere,” explains Scudder, “and it encountered many X-points during its mission.”
It is said that the portals – or x-points – open and close dozens of times per day at unexpected intervals without any warning. Magnetic portals are known to be invisible, unstable and elusive.
The opening and closing of such x-points can have some strange effects. Bright polar auroras are one result, but another outcome is geomagnetic storms – temporary disturbances in Earth’s magnetosphere. These storms release very high-energy particles that can cause radiation poisoning in humans and most mammals.
The use of these portals to explore faraway places in less time is still not yet a reality. This is due largely to the danger that it involves and the lack of knowledge that is involved in these portals. Perhaps someday in the far future, travel through the use of portals will be safe and available to everyone, and science fiction movies will become a reality. For now, there is still a lot unknown.